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Tiny frog

Tiny frog

Marty’s photo of the day #2567: This frog, photographed in Australia, is so small that it could fit on the nail of my pinkie finger.

Don’t trust that laugh!

Don’t trust that laugh!

Marty’s photo of the day #2535: Here’s what I wrote about laughing kookaburras in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: Though not as stunning as the kingfishers or cockatoos, laughing kookaburras are handsome gray and white birds with a very famous call: Oo-oo-oo-aw-aw-aw-oo-oo-oo-aw-aw-aw. When motion picture soundtracks were in their […]

Leaf-mimic butterfly

Leaf-mimic butterfly

Marty’s photo of the day #2511: I photographed this leaf-mimic butterfly in northern Queensland, Australia. Its wings are not damaged. They evolved that way to look like a dead leaf.

Black flying fox

Black flying fox

Marty’s photo of the day #2492: “Hmm . . .  I seem to have a black flying fox attached to me.” (Photographed in Queensland, Australia)

Chillagoe cave

Chillagoe cave

Marty’s photo of the day #2473: Inside a cave, near Chillagoe, Queensland, Australia.

So many guns, so many questions

So many guns, so many questions

When Republicans say that mental illness is the problem, not guns, I’m never sure how to respond. Should I ask why mental illness is such a huge problem in the United States, but not Great Britain and Australia? Or should I agree, proclaim that the best indicator of mental illness is owning an assault rifle, […]

A bird with personality

A bird with personality

Marty’s photo of the day #2459: This is Frog, a frogmouth bird I made friends with in Australia. He’s a rescue animal, who can no longer fly. What he lacked in flight ability, he made up for with personality.

Thoughts and prayers

Thoughts and prayers

Thoughts and Prayers: Thought: If the United States truly is the greatest country in the world, it must flip-off the NRA and the ammosexuals and follow Australia’s lead with respect to guns. Prayer: Hey, God. You’ve chosen to ignore the millions of prayers to stop senseless mass shootings, and you haven’t resurrected even a single […]

Ready . . . aim . . .

Ready . . . aim . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2447: “Okay! He’s almost beneath us. Not yet. Hold it. . . ! Hold it. . . ! Now!” (Galahs, photographed in Queensland, Australia)

Honoring endangered species, part 3

Honoring endangered species, part 3

Marty’s photo of the day #2404. This week marks the 44th Anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act. Since today’s Republicans would rather worship money than do something for the greater good, it’s possible that this might be the last anniversary of the ESA. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos […]

Flying Fox

Flying Fox

Marty’s photo of the day #2344: This is a spectacled flying fox. She and hundreds of her friends were feeding in the trees surrounding a cabin we rented in Queensland, Australia.

Yard Kangaroo

Yard Kangaroo

Marty’s photo of the day #2339: Some people get squirrels in their yards; others get kangaroos.   (Photographed in Australia. As if I needed to tell you that.)

Republicans: What will it take?

Republicans: What will it take?

Gun deaths, police violence, and global warming are epidemics, solvable with commitment, ingenuity, and cooperation. Unfortunately, as long as Republicans stand in the way, solutions to those problems will remain out of America’s grasp. With that in mind, I’d like to ask Republicans, “What will it take?” From 2000 to 2015, the equivalent to one-half […]

Agile wallabies love popcorn!

Agile wallabies love popcorn!

Marty’s photo of the day #2210: When Deb and I are at home, our dogs love popcorn night. When Deb and I are in Australia, the agile wallabies love popcorn night too.

The Punk Rocker of the Rainforest

The Punk Rocker of the Rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #2077: When I’m performing my college show, I always introduce the Boyd’s forest dragon as “the punk rocker of the rainforest.” Photographed in Australia, and featured in my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet.”

Spectacled flying fox

Spectacled flying fox

Marty’s photo of the day #2055: Here’s a spectacled flying fox, photographed in Queensland, Australia. These beautiful fruit bats have a wingspan of three feet.

Are you on the correct side of the road?

Are you on the correct side of the road?

Marty’s photo of the day #2054: This is a typical rural road in Queensland, Australia. Note that the pavement (Aussies call it bitumen) is only wide enough for one car. So what happens is that everyone drives down the middle, no matter which way they are going. When two cars meet, they pull to their […]

Burton’s legless lizard

Burton’s legless lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #2144: Here’s a Burton’s legless lizard that I photographed in Queensland, Australia. Why isn’t this a snake? It has external ear-openings, little skin flaps near its cloaca—where it used to have legs before it evolved—and if you grabbed its tail, the tail would fall off.

Annie the Black Flying Fox

Annie the Black Flying Fox

Marty’s photo of the day #2092: Here’s a photo I took at a flying fox research facility in Australia. This is Annie, a black flying fox, hanging off of Deb’s back. Annie is full-grown and healthy, but because she was initially someone’s pet, she never learned to fly. Annie is now a “bat ambassador,” and […]

Donald’s Urinal

Donald’s Urinal

Marty’s photo of the day #1933: I photographed this urinal many years ago, in the Australian Outback. If you look closely, you’ll see that no pipe is attached underneath. Consequently, any liquid going in pours right onto the floor. This morning it hit me what a perfect metaphor this is for Trump voters. They’ll stand […]

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